Although the blogosphere can usually be fairly characterized as a bunch of malcontents b!tching about one thing or another, I’m pleased to report a tiny sliver of sunlight piercing the clouds of darkness and despair: my department is running a search for the first time in four years! We are looking for a specialist in public history to contribute to our public history M.A. curriculum as well as to teach undergraduate courses in hir area of specialization. The big news here is that we are open to any subfield, globally and temporally. This search is neither limited to American historians, nor to any particular emphasis in public history. From the h-net posting:
The Department of History seeks to fill a position in Public History open to any subfield. Entry-level Assistant Professor, tenure-track, nine-month position beginning August 15, 2012. The Ph.D. in History or related field must be completed by the time of employment. The preferred candidate will contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum and programs. Applications are invited from candidates who offer promise of significant research and publication and who can work effectively with faculty, students, and the public. Send letter of interest, vita, graduate transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (article or chapter length) to Dr. Janet Ore, Chair, Public History Search Committee, Department of History, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1776. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by January 15, 2012.
If you are trained in public history and/or have experience in the field, please take a look at our current faculty and our graduate public history curriculum as it exists, and make the best case you can for what you can do for us. Our current faculty in public history include the search chair, Janet Ore, who is an architectural historian and a historic preservationist, and Jennifer Fish-Kashay, who is a museums and material culture specialist. (The Museum Studies Option is especially popular with our students, so we are open to applications from other museums and material culture experts.) Although we have an adjunct lecturer who offers two undergraduate public history courses per year, they are not currently taught by regular faculty.
We offer a 2-2 load to our regular faculty, and the person who gets this job will have a central role in training our graduate students. Furthermore, the 320 days of sunshine, the aridity, and the proximity to big water, resort and backcountry skiing, and the Rocky Mountains are part of the package. Because we have T.A.-ships for all of our grad students now (which includes tuition remission as well as a stipend), we attract excellent students because we’re offering them the opportunity to earn a master’s degree for free. So it’s a good deal both for the students and for the faculty who work with them.
I can answer some broad questions in the comments here, but I would prefer that any of you who might be interested in the position direct your specific queries to the search chair, Janet Ore.